Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows

Now in its tenth year, the Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows program places recent humanities PhDs in staff positions at partnering agencies in government and the non-profit sector for two-year appointments. These appointments provide career development opportunities in administration, management, and public service and vary from year to year depending on participating agencies. The Public Fellows program demonstrates that the capacities developed in the advanced study of the humanities have wide application, both within and beyond the academy. The generous support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation makes this program possible.

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John Carl Baker
John Carl Baker
PhD, Cultural Studies, George Mason University
Appointed as Political Engagement Strategist, Ploughshares Fund
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Ploughshares Fund works to build a safe, secure world by developing and investing in initiatives that work to reduce and ultimately eliminate the world’s nuclear stockpiles, and to promote stability in regions of conflict. A public grantmaking foundation, Ploughshares Fund has grown to become the largest grantmaker in the country dedicated exclusively to peace and security funding. Our efforts are rooted in the conviction that civil society has an essential role to play in policy change, sometimes in partnership with government, but more often by taking leadership when government leaders are not fulfilling their responsibility to make the world more secure. The Political Engagement Strategist will primarily research state-based approaches and campaigns influencing policy. S/he will identify case studies and lessons learned in order to assess potential opportunities for the Ploughshares Fund team. Based on the findings of this initial state of inquiry, the strategist may also have the opportunity to investigate national and international policy goals. In the subsequent phase, the strategist will design an approach to identify partners, possible investments, and guidance on how, through grantmaking, we could help mobilize constituents in a particular state or district, and potentially influence national or international nuclear security policy.
India Mandelkern
India Mandelkern
PhD, History, University of California, Berkeley
Appointed as Executive Communications Specialist, Los Angeles County Museum of Art
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Since its inception in 1965, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) has been devoted to collecting works of art that span both history and geography, in addition to representing Los Angeles’s uniquely diverse population. Among the museum’s strengths are its holdings of Asian art; Latin American art, ranging from pre-Columbian masterpieces to works by leading modern and contemporary artists; and Islamic art, of which LACMA hosts one of the most significant collections in the world. The Communications Department at LACMA manages all media relations, social media, and executive communications for the museum. The department maintains the “voice” of LACMA, working collaboratively with all areas of the institution to develop materials and messaging representative of the museum’s program and initiatives. The Executive Communications Specialist supports museum leaders in presenting LACMA’s current and future program to public officials, donors, staff, and the general public. Tasks include researching pertinent studies and reports, with a focus on urbanism, city planning, and various issues facing the museum field; crafting succinct presentations in PowerPoint or Google Slides; and speechwriting. As the Executive Communications Specialist familiarizes him/herself with the development and fundraising goals of the museum, s/he will take on increasing levels of responsibility for generating museum messaging targeted to specific constituencies, both public and private, within the greater Los Angeles community.
Johanna Best
Johanna Best
PhD, Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology, Bryn Mawr College
Appointed as Program Manager for Scholarly and Public Engagement, Smithsonian Provenance Research Initiative (SPRI), Smithsonian Institution
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The Smithsonian Provenance Research Initiative (SPRI) advances and enhances the institution’s ongoing serious commitment to provenance research and the preservation of cultural property and heritage as an integral part of the Smithsonian’s mission: the increase and diffusion of knowledge. Current emphasis is on the decorative arts and Asian art, with projects at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and Freer Gallery of Art, Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, and the National Museum of American Art. SPRI develops and offers training for established as well as emerging professionals; initiates international partnerships with museums, archives, libraries, and universities around the world; organizes symposia and roundtables; and publishes its findings and results. The Program Manager for Scholarly and Public Engagement will report to the SPRI Director, gaining deep experience with all facets of the Initiative by taking the lead on administrative, programmatic, and scholarly management tasks. The program manager will contribute to SPRI’s ongoing provenance research projects at Smithsonian museums, researching and facilitating research in consultation with its museums’ teams of curators, researchers, collections management staff, and external partners. S/he will assist in developing research priorities for publications and digital outreach, and ensure that the content of the research is accurate, articulate, and comprehensive. S/he will also help develop national and international training programs. Through this position, the program manager will build a strong portfolio in provenance research management, museum policy and administration, educational programs and training, archival research and digitization, web-based technology, collections software, conservation, and legal issues.
Jessica Mason
Jessica Mason
PhD, Anthropology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Appointed as Workplace Programs Federal Policy Analyst, National Partnership for Women & Families
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The National Partnership for Women & Families promotes fairness in the workplace, reproductive health and rights, access to quality affordable health care, and policies that help women and men meet the dual demands of work and family. We believe that actions speak louder than words, and for four decades we have fought for every major policy advance that has helped women and families. In collaboration with the eight members of an energetic, productive, and diverse team, the Workplace Programs Federal Policy Analyst will be responsible for analyzing quantitative and qualitative data sources, conducting original research, and developing materials that advance our workplace policy agenda, with particular emphasis on building the case for national paid family and medical leave and paid sick days policies. The Federal Policy Analyst will work with and under the direction of the Senior Government Affairs Manager, in consultation with the Vice President. S/he also will collaborate with the Workplace Researcher/Writer on data analysis projects that have federal policy implications, develop policy-relevant documents, and contribute to other outreach and advocacy initiatives.
Erin D. Boon
Erin D. Boon
PhD, Celtic Languages and Literatures, Harvard University
Appointed as Research Analyst, The Texas Tribune
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The Texas Tribune was founded in 2009 as a non-profit, non-partisan, all-digital news source to educate readers about Texas politics and policy. Recognized for its reporting and sustainable business model, the Tribune augments its news coverage with a robust series of live events held across the state of Texas. The Tribune’s reach extends across the nation as well, thanks in part to its partnership with The Washington Post. The Tribune’s current news platform includes two websites (one factual and one opinion), in-depth investigative reporting projects, data apps, newsletters, events, and a yearly festival that attracts national political figures and around 3,000 attendees. The Texas Tribune seeks a recent humanities PhD to work with the Chief Innovation Officer and the digital team to lead the organization’s analytics strategy. By helping make sense of data and news consumption habits, the Research Analyst will help the Tribune fortify its position in the online news space, as well as help it prepare for future challenges. Working with available data, the analyst will provide reflective, deliberate thinking on how quantitative measurement can complement our journalistic and business goals, and distill evidence-based insights into thoughtful newsroom strategies. S/he will create tactical plans for collecting, communicating, and displaying metrics in various departments, as well as working with individual teams (including technology, marketing, business development, and editorial) to find the best internal processes for generating and using data. The analyst will help the Tribune identify measurements and develop strategies that further its mission and maximize its reach and impact.
Eric Garcia McKinley
Eric Garcia McKinley
PhD, History, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Appointed as Senior Research Analyst, Engagement and Inclusion, American Public Media Group
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American Public Media (APM) is the largest station‐based public radio organization in the United States, combining multi‐regional station operations, national content creation, and distribution in one organization. With a portfolio that includes A Prairie Home Companion®, BBC World Service, Marketplace®, and the leading classical music programming in the nation, APM is one of the largest producers of public radio programming in the world. More than 900 stations carry American Public Media’s 20‐plus national programs. Its multi‐regional station operations include 52 public radio stations and 43 translators in the Upper Midwest and California. The Senior Research Analyst works with the Director of Network Journalism & Inclusion and the newsroom to create and execute measurement strategies for diversifying voices in our news and programming. This work includes growing, diversifying, and utilizing the Public Insight Network (PIN), a network of people who have agreed to share their insights and expertise with news organizations around the country. Through employee interviews and content data analysis, the Senior Research Analyst will determine an approach to measure and track the racial, gender, age, and political persuasion of news sources throughout both broadcast and digital MPR News content. S/he is responsible for generating a source demographic baseline, conducting follow‐up measurement, writing formal reports, training employees to use the mechanism, and working with other departments in APM to communicate this information internally and externally.
Emily Button Kambic
Emily Button Kambic
PhD, Anthropology, Brown University
Appointed as Cultural Resources Public Outreach Coordinator, Cultural Resource Division, Office of Resource Stewardship and Science, National Capital Region, National Park Service
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The Cultural Resources Public Outreach Coordinator will serve in the Office of Resource Stewardship and Science, Division of Cultural Resources (CR Division) of the National Park Service (NPS). The CR division has primary responsibility for planning and management related to the preservation of cultural resources within the National Capital Region’s 35 congressionally designated park units, as well as for providing technical and professional expertise and other consultation to parks, outside partners, and programs related to preservation of the region’s historic resources. The CR Division is made up of an interdisciplinary team of cultural resource specialists organized into seven program areas: anthropology, archeology, historic architecture, history, landscape architecture, museum and archives, and National Historic Landmark programs. The office provides leadership, support, and advocacy for the stewardship, protection, interpretation, and management of the nation’s heritage through scholarly research, science, and effective management. The Cultural Resources Public Outreach Coordinator will focus primarily on three projects: 1) devising strategies to disseminate information and transfer knowledge generated by the Cultural Resources (CR) Division to the public and to oversee implementation of these strategies; 2) assisting the Chief Historian of the National Capital Region in creating both opportunities and policies in working collaboratively with universities and colleges in the Washington, DC region on how history is both generated and presented in the parks of the National Capital Region; and 3) collaborating with the National Capital Region’s Chief Historian and the Chief of Interpretation to identify ways to increase collaboration between not only historians and interpreters in the NPS, but also among all cultural resource specialists and those who present or prepare material for the public.
Cassie Patricia Miller
Cassie Patricia Miller
PhD, History, Carnegie Mellon University
Appointed as Research and Investigations Specialist, Southern Poverty Law Center
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The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry, and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society. The SPLC has remained in the vanguard of efforts to defend victims of injustice, continuing its commitment to juvenile justice reform and the rights of children while vigorously protecting the rights of the LGBT community, the poor, and exploited immigrants in the South. The SPLC’s overall communications strategy and goals are to raise public awareness of issues involving ongoing social and economic injustice, change the public discourse, and start national discussions so that leaders must take action. We achieve this not only by bringing creative and effective litigation to highlight compelling narratives of injustice and obtaining reform through the courts, but also by presenting the kind of stories that capture the public’s attention. In addition, we strategically use our communications toolbox to raise public consciousness by highlighting racist elements in public life in order to isolate them from the mainstream and counter their influence. The Research and Investigations Specialist will play a key role in our Communications Department through using policy and social science research to inform our communication strategies, goals, and outputs. The Research and Investigations Specialist will be charged with conducting research that furthers the SPLC’s programmatic priorities and advocacy work. This will include creating and contributing to policy papers on pressing social justice concerns, investigative reports, website content, and articles.
Kristen M. Fallica
Kristen M. Fallica
PhD, Critical and Cultural Studies, University of Pittsburgh
Appointed as Digital Programming Strategist, Chicago Humanities Festival
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The Chicago Humanities Festival (CHF) presents entertaining, smart, and stimulating programming that helps our audiences see the world anew. We engage the great minds of our time in conversations with our audiences, reflecting on issues that are at the core of what it means to be human. We examine both the past and the present to identify ideas that resonate with us today as individuals, communities, and cultures. We traverse the full range of the arts (literature, performance, music, and the visual arts) and humanities (history, philosophy, politics, journalism, food, etc.). During the past 26 years, CHF has presented more than 2,700 programs and performances, and more than 3,400 speakers and artists, including: 10 Nobel Prize winners, 70 Pulitzer Prize winners, 53 MacArthur Award recipients, 16 Tony Award winners, 10 Grammy Award winners, and seven Academy Award winners. CHF seeks a Digital Programming Strategist to research and implement innovation in merging or linking live and digital content. In some cases this will involve post-production video management; in others it will involve making digital-only content that enhances live experience; in yet others it will involve fusing digital tools and platforms to live events, addressing both program content and audience experience. As a member of the programming team, the Digital Programing Strategist will contribute to all discussions involving programming and production, and will work closely with staff from the marketing, website, and development teams.
Olive Melissa Minor
Olive Melissa Minor
PhD, Anthropology, Northwestern University
Appointed as Research and Evaluation Officer, International Rescue Committee
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The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises, helping people devastated by conflict and disaster to reclaim control of their futures and strengthen their communities. Founded in 1933 at the call of Albert Einstein, the IRC works in over 40 countries and 26 US cities. The mission of the IRC’s US Programs Department (USP) is to create opportunities for refugees to thrive in America. The vision statement, from surviving to thriving, embodies this mission and is achieved by implementing programs in five strategic areas: Safety, Health, Economic Wellbeing, Education, and Power. As part of the Research, Analysis, and Learning (RAL) team, the Research and Evaluation Officer will concentrate on building the US Programs Department’s capacity to conduct more rigorous program and impact evaluations. The Research and Evaluation Officer will be working collaboratively with research partners to ensure that research and evaluation initiatives produce data that is integrated, coordinated, and mutually supportive, where appropriate. S/he will identify best practices related to program and impact evaluation, support proposal development, provide technical support for the implementation of impact evaluation initiatives, and work collaboratively with the RAL team to update impact evaluation methods to reflect new developments in a rapidly evolving field.
Carly Goodman
Carly Goodman
PhD, History, Temple University
Appointed as Communications Analyst, American Friends Service Committee
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The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) is a Quaker organization that promotes lasting peace with justice. Drawing on principles of Quaker belief and working with people of many backgrounds, we nurture the seeds of change and respect for human life that transform social relations and systems. AFSC envisions a world in which lasting peace with justice is achieved through active nonviolence and the transforming power of love. With more than 70 programs operating across the United States and around the world, AFSC is uniquely poised to “change the narrative” on militarism today. The Communications Analyst will join the growing Media Research Team at AFSC. This team informs AFSC’s advocacy work by providing timely, data-driven insights and analysis of AFSC’s communications and the changing messaging environments in which we operate. The Communications Analyst will design, conduct, and report out on research studies aimed at understanding AFSC's current and potential future audiences. S/he will collaborate on study design and then take the lead on our mixed-methods social marketing and audience engagement research projects. The Communications Analyst will also leverage those findings to develop a strategic plan to assess and ultimately increase audience engagement. In addition, s/he will directly engage new audiences by contributing to the Media Research Blog, part of the forthcoming AFSC family of blogs.
Veera Eliisa Mitzner
Veera Eliisa Mitzner
PhD, History and Civilization, European University Institute
Appointed as Global Philanthropy Specialist, Rare
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Rare is a fast-growing international conservation organization whose mission is to inspire change so people and nature thrive. With 165 staff and a $28 million budget, Rare advances this mission through innovative grassroots marketing strategies that boost adoption of proven environmental solutions. The mission of the Development/Communications Department is to support the overall mission of Rare through fundraising. Global Philanthropy works to advance the mission of Rare through creating ties with individuals, foundations, and corporate foundations in Europe and Asia. The Global Philanthropy Specialist will work with the European philanthropic sector, raising funds from European donors to advance Rare’s mission. Beyond cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding donors, this means upholding and advancing the sector of philanthropy in Europe as well as developing partnerships with peers in NGOs. Global Philanthropy overall has a goal of raising between $500,000-$1,000,000 in FY2016 for Rare in support of its $28 million budget.
Nandi Dill Jordan
Nandi Dill Jordan
PhD, Sociology, New York University
Appointed as Digital Content Specialist, Los Angeles County Museum of Art
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Since its inception in 1965, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) has been devoted to collecting works of art that span both history and geography, in addition to representing Los Angeles’s uniquely diverse population. Among the museum’s strengths are its holdings of Asian art; Latin American art, ranging from pre-Columbian masterpieces to works by leading modern and contemporary artists; and Islamic art, of which LACMA hosts one of the most significant collections in the world. The Web and Digital Media Department at LACMA oversees the museum's websites, including lacma.org and collections.lacma.org, as well as digital publications, mobile apps, and the production of in-gallery media such as touchscreens and didactic videos. The goal of the department is to develop and disseminate engaging information about the museum's collection and special exhibitions, working closely with curatorial and education colleagues. LACMA seeks a Digital Content Specialist with an aptitude for writing clear, concise, jargon-free, engaging prose, and finding engaging media pertaining to works of art in our collection. The specialist’s portfolio will include creating original content for our collections website, editing existing content, and working with third parties including Wikipedia to promote accurate, engaging content about LACMA’s collection on the web. The successful candidate should be open to a wide variety of scholarly points of view, strong collaboration skills, and exceptional writing skills with a particular emphasis on writing for a general adult audience. The Digital Content Specialist may also be involved in interviewing artists in our collection. This is a great opportunity for someone who has an interest in working with novice audiences and the general public.
Samantha Jo Peterson
Samantha Jo Peterson
PhD, French Language and Literature, Boston University
Appointed as Business Development Associate, Smithsonian Institution, Smithsonian Enterprises
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As the world’s largest museum and research complex, the Smithsonian Institution is a global organization, working across art, history, culture, science, and education in more than 130 countries around the world. Whether assisting in the rescue of cultural treasures following a natural disaster or conducting cutting-edge scientific research for biodiversity conservation, our scholars and professionals are engaged throughout the world to explore, care for, and support our global cultural and natural heritage—all in the service of the Smithsonian’s mission: the increase and diffusion of knowledge. Smithsonian Enterprises is the Smithsonian Institution’s brand-building and revenue-producing organization. It has three primary business divisions: media, retail, and consumer products and licensing. Reporting directly to the Vice President of Global Business Development, the Business Development Associate will work across Smithsonian Enterprises to expand the Smithsonian brand and create projects through the development of global strategic partnerships. The associate will be involved in all aspects of business development, including helping develop products and services, creating marketing strategies, and negotiating deals with current and future partners around the world. The associate will work closely with the business development team to identify new collaboration opportunities with organizations located primarily overseas and then cultivate those partnerships into meaningful activities for the Smithsonian. The associate will be responsible for these activities within a specific international territory (Americas, Middle East, and/or Asia).
Rebecca Kaplan
Rebecca Kaplan
PhD, History of Health Sciences, University of California, San Francisco
Appointed as Education Specialist, Pulitzer Center
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The Pulitzer Center is an independent journalism organization based in Washington, DC, that supports in-depth engagement with underreported global affairs. In its 10-year history the Pulitzer Center has sought to shine light on issues that are often ignored and sponsors international reporting across all media platforms as well as an innovative program of outreach and education. We look for the widest reach possible in the reporting we support, sustaining engagement through online data interactives and e-books as well as long-form documentaries and photography exhibits. We organize nearly 500 events each year for public, K-12, and college audiences to give our grantees the opportunity to speak about their work and to lead journalism workshops. The Education Specialist will be a key member of the education department at the Pulitzer Center, working under the supervision of the Education Director on two core programs: the Global Gateway program and the Lesson Builder. The Education Specialist will play a vital role in a collaborative effort to develop a strategic plan to promote and support the wider use of the Global Gateway by teachers in our key cities—Washington, DC; Philadelphia; Chicago; and St. Louis—as well as expand to other locations. S/he will also help to devise and implement a plan to expand the use of the Pulitzer Center’s Lesson Builder tool among secondary school teachers and university professors and to identify and recruit donors to sustain our education work overall.
Rebecca S. Robinson
Rebecca S. Robinson
PhD, Justice Studies, Arizona State University
Appointed as Senior Performance Auditor, City of Atlanta, City Auditor’s Office
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The City Auditor’s Office assists the Mayor, City Council, and citizens in ensuring that Atlanta’s local government is accountable, transparent, and cost-effective. We fulfill our mission by providing audit and integrity services, seeking to identify risks to Atlanta city government, and offering guidance on mitigating risks through these functions. We provide published reports and other forms of communication to the Mayor, City Council, and the general public, and we work with those we audit to track and report on progress in implementing our recommendations. The City Auditor’s Office was established in accordance with the city charter and reports to an independent audit committee. The Senior Performance Auditor will be required to develop and exercise professional judgment. After reviewing current projects and an orientation to the practices of the office, the Senior Performance Auditor will participate in planning and conducting a wide variety of audits in city government, which may include programs, functions, activities, contracts, and capital projects. Performance audits typically assess whether programs and processes are achieving intended results, being conducted efficiently, and complying with laws and regulations. Projects often include complex data collection and both quantitative and qualitative analysis, and require familiarity with Government Auditing Standards issued by the US Comptroller General, under which the City Auditor’s Office conducts its work.
Emily Ann Lederman
Emily Ann Lederman
PhD, English, University of Texas at Austin
Appointed as Community Engagement & Policy Advocate, Grant St. Settlement
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Grand St. Settlement expands opportunities for low-income families and individuals by providing culturally relevant services that support community-building, advocacy, self-determination, and an enriched quality of life. Since its founding in 1916, Grand St. Settlement has offered a continuum of innovative programs ranging from early childhood and youth development to community support for adults and seniors. Each year, we serve more than 7,400 New Yorkers in the Lower East Side as well as some of the most under-resourced neighborhoods in Brooklyn. In 2016, Grand St. Settlement will celebrate our 100th anniversary, and launch an advocacy program to better meet the needs of the communities we serve for our next 100 years. The Board and executive team are committed to The Community Engagement & Policy Advocate will be a part of the Development and Communications team, which builds public awareness and engagement, secures revenues, and manages special initiatives. S/he will help develop and implement an advocacy program that will leverage our direct human services activities, impact public policy, create systematic change, and build upon a deep commitment to social justice. S/he will begin his/her work with a three-year strategic blueprint to be finalized in January 2016 and will also work closely with the executive leadership, managers across our sites, and program participants to develop short-term priorities and a longer-range plan.
Adam Steinberg
Adam Steinberg
PhD, Geography, Rutgers University-New Brunswick
Appointed as Policy Analyst, Reinvestment Fund
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Reinvestment Fund is a 30-year-old Community Development Finance Institution (CDFI) whose mission is to build wealth and opportunity for low-wealth people and places through the promotion of socially and environmentally responsible development. We are a national leader in rebuilding America’s distressed towns and cities, through the innovative use of capital and information. Reinvestment Fund has invested $1.5 billion in communities since 1985. As a CDFI, we finance housing, community facilities, schools, community health centers, healthy food access, commercial real estate, and energy efficiency projects. We also provide public policy expertise by helping clients create actionable solutions and by sharing data and analyses via www.PolicyMap.com. The Policy Analyst will report, principally, to the Chief Policy Analyst in Reinvestment Fund’s Policy Solutions group. Additionally, we expect that the fellow will be engaged in our recently launched Invest Health Initiative and as such will work together with the Chief of Strategic Initiatives and incoming Invest Health Initiative Director. Responsibilities of the Policy Analyst position include the design and execution of mission-oriented research for the Policy Solutions department and multi-faceted support for the Invest Health Initiative (i.e., content development, support of participating cities and Program Director). The portfolio of projects on which the Policy Analyst works will be a mix of research activities for our external clients, internal impact assessment efforts, as well as the Invest Health Initiative.
Leah Lowthorp
Leah Lowthorp
PhD, Anthropology and Folklore, University of Pennsylvania
Appointed as Program Manager, Center for Genetics and Society
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For 15 years, the Center for Genetics and Society (CGS) has led the way in public interest efforts to reclaim human biotechnologies for the common good. CGS is a nonprofit organization based in Berkeley, California, and is fiscally sponsored by the Tides Center. We work with a growing network of scholars across a range of disciplines; with scientists, health professionals, legal experts, and policy analysts; and with advocates across a range of civil society sectors (reproductive health, rights, and justice; racial justice; disability rights; environmentalism; and others). Our work includes building collaborative relationships within this network, a comprehensive communications program, policy advocacy, and advocacy-oriented research. The Project Manager will plan, coordinate, and implement a range of organizational programs related to the social justice, human rights, and public interest implications of human genetic and assisted reproductive technologies. Key areas of responsibility will include public and civil society awareness campaigns, strategic communications efforts involving both traditional and social media, and policy advocacy. The Program Manager’s assignments will involve program and campaign planning; organizational and program message development; public speaking; and research, writing and production of materials including reports, policy memos, op-eds, and other commentaries. During the second year in this position, the Program Manager will assume additional organizational responsibility, including primary responsibility for particular program activities within the general field of human biotechnologies. This work will include evaluating program initiatives already underway within designated issue areas; and developing and managing new strategic initiatives, policy interventions, communications efforts, and collaborative relationships in those issue areas. The Project Manager will work with staff, fellows, and interns, and report to the Executive Director
Rachel Sinsheimer Vandagriff
Rachel Sinsheimer Vandagriff
PhD, Music, University of California, Berkeley
Appointed as Membership Engagement Manager, Center for Investigative Reporting
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The Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) is the nation’s first independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization dedicated to preserving democracy through fact-based investigative journalism. We follow stories wherever they lead and are not beholden to outside interests. CIR’s reporting reveals injustice, with a focus on government and corporate accountability, human rights, environmental and human health, veterans affairs, national security, and domestic surveillance. The Membership Engagement Manager will be a key member of CIR’s engagement and distribution team. This position will lead the development of CIR’s membership strategy, program, and activities. As a member of CIR’s innovative engagement team, s/he will develop and manage CIR’s membership program, working closely with staff across the organization. The Membership Engagement Manager will also assist in revamping and improving CIR’s membership program following the recent launch of our weekly public radio show and podcast, Reveal. This will include developing marketing messaging and materials and producing events, in collaboration with CIR’s director of events. S/he will also play an important role in crafting regular communications with members and prospective members through the Reveal website and social media networks.